Press Release April 21, 2009

Advent International Named "Buyout Firm of the Year" by Buyouts Magazine

BOSTON, April 21, 2009 – Goodwin Procter congratulates its long-time client, Advent International, for winning Buyouts Magazine’s most prestigious annual award, “Buyout Firm of the Year.”  In selecting nominees, Buyouts looked at every aspect of firms’ activities in 2008, including LBO transactions, exits, personnel moves and portfolio management.

“We have worked with Advent for 25 years and know from personal experience what an accomplished global investment team they have,” said David Watson, chair of Goodwin Procter’s Private Investment Funds practice.  “We are thrilled to hear of this well-deserved honor and wish to congratulate Advent’s entire team.”

Buyouts announced the winner at its third annual awards dinner in New York City on March 26.  The other firms nominated for the award include Riverside, New Mountain and Sun Capital. 

Founded in 1984, Advent International is one of the world’s leading global buyout firms, with offices in 15 countries on four continents.  The firm focuses on international buyouts, strategic restructuring opportunities and growth buyouts in five core sectors, working actively with management teams to drive revenue and earnings growth in portfolio companies.  Since inception, Advent has raised $24 billion in private equity capital and, through its buyout programs, has completed more than 250 transactions valued at over $40 billion in 40 countries.

About Goodwin Procter
Goodwin Procter LLP is one of the nation’s leading law firms with 900 attorneys in offices in Boston, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C.  The firm’s core areas of practice are corporate, litigation and real estate, with specialized areas of focus that include financial services, private equity, technology, REITs and real estate capital markets, intellectual property, tax and products liability.

Goodwin Procter’s Private Equity Practice focuses on buyouts, recapitalizations and portfolio company transactions, representing both single investors and “clubs.”  The firm has a team of over 100 attorneys who specialize in buyouts, growth equity transactions and other private equity investments and M&A transactions throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.  In 2009, Buyouts Magazine named Goodwin Procter “Law Firm of the Year.”  The firm has also been ranked by Private Equity Analyst as the second most active law firm in the country for buyout deals (based on volume).  More information may be found at www.goodwinprocter.com.